Umit’s film journey began in 2001 when he embarked on his film school journey in Istanbul.
During his film study he mainly focused on theory. He analyzed many classic films and directors throughout the film history. He wrote articles about the challenges and potentials of cinema as an art. Umit also worked as an assistant director on different productions, including TV series, short films and documentaries while studying. One of the shorts he worked on, BLUE, was supervised by Majid Majidi, the first Iranian Oscar-nominated director.
In 2009, Umit found a job with a Washington, DC-based non-profit as a multimedia producer. In 2015, he began working as a freelance cinematographer, and in 2016 he earned his MA degree in Film and Video from American University. Umit has shot hundreds of projects over the years, both locally and internationally. His work for PCI took him to Tanzania and Guatemala, to capture the efforts of that NGO for the local people. Day to day, Umit works on a number of different productions, meeting people from a wide range of interesting professions.
“I never dreamed, when I was just starting out in Istanbul,” he says, “that I would actually be shooting film after film in so many exciting places around the globe. When Umit undertakes a new project, he seamlessly connects with the environment, embracing its unique rhythm and spirit. Drawing from his wealth of experience, he instinctively molds a visual language that resonates with the soul of each film. Overall, “I am after beauty that presents itself in myriad of forms in our world that has a value beyond the film screen.” A noble pursuit, indeed.